Location F - Wiay: Bonnie Prince Charlie Trail

Wiay, Isle of South Uist, Outer Hebrides

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Neil MacEachain's Narrative of the Wanderings of Prince Charles in the Hebrides:

"Neil fearing the fickleness and the inconstancy of the common people, who might perhaps be perverted from their fidelity to discover him to his enemies, in hopes of a great reward, did not think proper to stay there any longer; whereupon, having got into their boat, which they always had nigh them, they set out about eleven o'clock at night, without acquainting anybody of their design, except those who were partakers of it, and took the retreat towards Benbecula, and landed about break of day in  Wiay, a deserted island, about three miles from Rossinish, where they skulked for eight days.

While he stayed upon the island he went about the shore once or twice a day, to see if he could find out which was the most commodious hole or cave for hiding him in case some of the men of war that kept the channel still came to land any men. There he had occasion to see the Lady Clanranald, who came from Rossinish to have the honour of seeing him before he left the country, and carried along with her to him some of what necessaries he wanted: he received her very kindly, made much of her, and thanked her for her generosity, telling her next day at parting that he would not forget soon what kindness he met with in the country. They had plenty of bread and other meats during their retreat in that Patmos, but before the eight days was expired they were obliged to leave the hole to another party of the MacLeods who landed upon the island from Skye."


The Bonnie Prince Charlie Boat Trip starts in April and runs every fortnight until end of September. The boat trips from Kallin Harbour visit some of the places associated with the Prince, many of which are accessible by sea on the beautiful east coast of South Uist and Benbecula. Click here for details.


For more interviews, songs, stories and information about Bonnie Prince Charlie click here.

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* 6th June 1746. Fearing the Prince's discovery by his enemies after being a few weeks in Glen Corrodale, Neil takes the Prince to the small island of Wiay, off Benbecula.

What's Nearby

  1. 24th June 1746. Neil realises that they are on a small island instead of being on the…

    0.9 miles away
  2. 11th May 1746. Returning from a failed escape bid from Stornoway the Prince hides in a…

    1.34 miles away
  3. Look from the pier; otters are often found feeding in the bay.

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  1. 28th June 1746. Rossinish, Benbecula. The Prince finally escapes from Uist with Flora…

    4.45 miles away
  2. 26th April 1746. PrinceCharles Edward Stuart sailed from Borradale, Loch nan Uamh, at…

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  3. 23rd June 1746. Neil is arrested by the militia at the South Ford. He finds that Flora…

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  4. The rough grassland just south of the Loch Carnan tunring is a good area for owls.

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  5. The Black-throated Diver is a Mallard sized water bird with a stout bill, and bold black…

    5.29 miles away
  6. This is the panoramic view from the top of Rueval (Ruabhal), which is the highest point…

    5.32 miles away
  7. 23rd June 1745. A chance meeting with some fishermen at Loch Skipport solves the problem…

    5.48 miles away
  8. Occasionally seen at close range from the old pier at the end of the road.

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  9. Located in the northern end of South Uist, Loch Sgioport is a great placee to spot…

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  10. A path runs across Benbecula, through an area of low lying moorland and lochs. This is an…

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  11. Benbecula War Memorial

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  13. 13th June 1746. After a detatchment of MacLeod militia from Skye land on the island Neil…

    5.8 miles away
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